Approved by Faculty Senate 11/18/02

 

University Studies Approval:

Department or Program: Music Department

Course Number: 475

Number of Credits: 3

Course Title: Advanced Instrumental Styles and Literature

Catalog Description:

Study of the rise of instrumental styles beginning with Baroque and continuing through the Twentieth-Century Orchestra. Survey course studying representative works of J. S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Stravinsky.

A2C2 approved course- yes

Requested Approval: Oral Communication Flag

Department Contact Person for this course:

Dr. Paul Vance

pvance @ winona.edu

This course is designed as a University Studies Course with an Oral Communication Flag. The course objectives and requirements demonstrate that students present

extemporaneous oral comments, present two major oral presentations, research stylistic traits in historical context, and exhibit the conventions of evidence, format, usage and documentation in the field of instrumental literature.

 

 Description of the Requirements and learning activities that promote students' abilities to:

 

a. Earn significant course credit through extemporaneous oral presentations.

10% of the grade will be determined by informal discussion and class participation on assigned course readings. An additional 40% of the final grade will be determined by two oral presentations on a composer, piece of music, or stylistic development approved by the professor.

b. understand the features and types of speaking in their disciplines;

Course materials will include oral presentations in concert settings (e.g., pre-concert talks by the Music Director of the Winona Symphony Orchestra), student forums, and other types of speaking relevant to the music profession.

c. adapt their speaking abilities to field-specific audiences;

Students will learn and be able to use terminology and concepts of instrumental style, form, and techniques within oral presentations.

d. receive appropriate feedback from teachers and peers, including suggestions for improvement;

Students and professor will prepare written and verbal feedback for each presentation. e. make use of the technologies used for research and speaking in their fields; and Students will utilize periodicals, web information, books, recordings and other appropriate materials to validate their research, conclusions, and opinions.

f. learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their fields.

They will show evidence of their skills in conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their oral and written presentations.

 

Course Syllabus

College of Liberal Arts
Winona State University

Department: Music

Course Number: 475

 Number of Credits: 3 s.h.

Prerequisites: MUS 352.

Grading: Grade only.

Course applies to: Major required.

Date of Revision: August, 2002

Course Title: Advanced Instrumental Styles and Literature

Frequency of Offering: Alternating Fall Terms

 

This is an Oral Communications Flag Course in the University Studies program. As such, it includes requirements and learning activities that promote the students' abilities to:

a. earn significant course credit through extemporaneous oral presentations;

10% of the grade will be determined by informal discussion and class participation on assigned course readings. An additional 40% of the final grade will be determined by two oral presentations on a composer, piece of music, or stylistic development approved by the professor.

 

b. understand the features and types of speaking in their disciplines;

Course materials will include oral presentations in concert settings (e.g., pre-concert talks by the Music Director of the Winona Symphony Orchestra), student forums, and other types of speaking relevant to the music profession.

 

c. adapt their speaking to field-specific audiences;

Students will learn and be able to use terminology and concepts of instrumental style, form, and techniques within oral presentations.

 

d. receive appropriate feedback from teachers and peers, including suggestions for improvement;

Students and professor will prepare written and verbal feedback for each presentation.

 

e. make use of the technologies used for research and speaking in their fields; and

Students will utilize periodicals. web information, books, recordings and other appropriate materials to validate their research, conclusions, and opinions.

 

f. learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their fields.

Students will show evidence of their skills in conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their oral and written presentations.

1. Catalog description:

Study of the rise of instrumental styles beginning with Baroque and continuing through
the Twentieth-Century Orchestra. Survey course studying representative works of 3.5.
Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Stravinsky.

2. Statement of the ma for focus and objectives of the course:

a. To examine representative forms, styles, and performance practices of instrumental
music from the period covering the High Baroque to the middle of the twentieth century.

b. To describe the musical characteristics of compositions of this period.

3. Bask instructional plan and methods utilized:

Lecture

Group discussion

Audio compact discs

Experiential activities (e.g., oral presentations of required reading and individualized topics)

4. Course requirements and means of evaluation:

a. Two written exams, each of which is worth 25% of the final grade.

b. Two oral presentations, each of which is worth 20% of the final grade.

c. Class participation and attendance, worth 10% of the final grade.

 

5.  Textbooks:

a. Bach, Johann Sebastian. The Six Brandenburg Concertos and the Four Orchestral Suites. New York: Dover Publications, 1976.

b. Beethoven, Ludwig van. Eighth and Ninth Symphonies. New York: Dover Publications, 1981.

6. Course calendar:

September 4: Introduction

September 6, 9 & 11: Bach Brandenburg Concertos

September 13, 16 & 18: Bach Orchestral Suites

September 20, 23 & 25: Mozart Wind Concertos

September 27 & 30: Mozart Wind Serenades

October 2, 4 & 7: Beethoven Symphony No.8

October 9: Beethoven Symphony No.9

October 11: Class will not meet. (Break Day)

October 14 & 16: Beethoven (continued)

October 18: Midterm Exam

October21: Class will not meet.

October23, 25 & 28: First Oral Presentation

 October 30 & November 1: Dvorak Wind Serenade

November 4, 6 & 8: Dvorak Symphony No.7

November 11 Class will not meet. (Veteran's Day)

November 13, 15 & 18: Stravinsky Petrouchka

November 20 & 22: Stravinsky Octet for Winds

November 25: Stravinsky Symphony in C

November 27 & 29: Class will not meet. (Thanksgiving Break)

December 2: Class will not meet.

December 4 & 6: Symphony in C continued

December 9, 11 & 13: Second Oral Presentation

December 16, 1:00p.m.: Final Examination

7. Guidelines for oral presentations:

For each of the two required oral presentations you are to choose a piece of music written for your major instrument. It is strongly recommended that you choose a work not written by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak or Stravinsky (i.e., one of the five composers on whose music we will focus this semester). Your presentation must be at least fifteen minutes long and should provide an overview of the stylistic traits (e.g., sound, harmony, melody, rhythm, and growth) demonstrated in the piece being discussed. It is recommended that you attempt to present the work and/or composer in an historical context. There will be oral feedback on the success of your presentation provided by class members, and written feedback from the instructor. You will be asked to provide the instructor with a bibliographic list of the sources used for your presentation. The topic for your presentation must be approved by the instructor at least two weeks prior to the day of your presentation.

8. Grading scale:

A= 92-100, B 81-91, C 70-80, D= 65-69